Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is for our minds to wander in places they do not need to go? The way a person thinks is directly connected to how a person lives. If we are not thinking correctly, then we are not going to live correctly. Paul covers the spectrum of thoughts and tells us to dwell on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. He tells us to think on the things that are linked to virtue and praise. Honestly, most of the time we are thinking on things that are not pure and things that tend to tear us down rather than build us up.
Our thought life is what controls our lives. The reason we are not living right is because we are not thinking right. God wants us to have the mind of Christ. He wants us to basically lose our minds and adopt the thinking of Christ. One of the keys to bringing our minds under such conditions is implementing Philippians 4:6, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. When we study the concept of prayer we will learn that it is a state of mind rather than a pattern of words. Here is the kind of mind we need in order to put our thoughts into the right place:
- Single Mind: Prayer is more than just words being spoken to God. It is being able to concentrate solely on the presence of Christ. Worry and anxiety pull us in so many different directions that we cannot isolate our thoughts to be on Christ and Christ alone.
- Submissive Mind: A mind that is willing to operate with humility. We have to come to a place where we realize our true need for God. The idea of supplication is that of pouring oneself out to the Lord.
- Spiritual Mind: A mind that is spiritual is a mindset that is thankful. When we pray and supplicate we do so with a heart and mind of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has to be coupled with everything we pray.
The reason our minds become so sinful is mainly because they are not solely on Christ. The very nature of Christ encompasses all the things listed in verse 8. Today in the midst of fake news, social media opinions, and busy schedules we need to think on Christ. We must practice this kind of thinking in order to make the Christ life a reality.